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Ryan and Bev Ellis are partners in film nerdery who share their often humorous musings on the AFI's 1998 & 2007 lists of the greatest 100 American films ever made. But we finished with that in December 2015, so now we just review anything we feel like!

The Top 100 Project Ryan Ellis & Bev Ellis

    • TV & Film
    • 4.3 • 115 Ratings

Ryan and Bev Ellis are partners in film nerdery who share their often humorous musings on the AFI's 1998 & 2007 lists of the greatest 100 American films ever made. But we finished with that in December 2015, so now we just review anything we feel like!

    Fatal Attraction

    Fatal Attraction

    Adrian Lyne directed plenty of sex thrillers in his career, but none of them were quite the zeitgeisty blockbuster that Fatal Attraction was. Glenn Close's legendary performance as a disturbed woman who falls hard for Michael Douglas' unfaithful man remains one of the most fascinating things she's ever done. Her movie annoyed feminists though, especially when Close (against the actress' will) did things you can't really excuse. We didn't love the action-packed ending, but the original conclusion wasn't satisfying either. The best thing Lyne and writer James Dearden do in this film though is give the 2 leads plenty of dimensions and motivations throughout the story. You can pick sides, but it's difficult to see either of them as a true villain. Well, until maybe the last 30 minutes. So leave a little girl's beloved pet in the yard where it belongs, live up to your responsibilities and don't ignore the 454th Ellises' Analysis. Also, listening to a woman lecture you on tape would be an easier task if you have Sparkplug Coffee in your mug. Sparkplug will give you a 20% discount if you apply our promo code ("top100project"). Also, feel free to tweet us (@moviefiend51 and @bevellisellis) or email us (top100projectpodcast@gmail.com) and take a peek at the many sports movie selections in Ryan's other podcast feed (Scoring At The Movies).

    • 55 min
    Far From Heaven

    Far From Heaven

    In Far From Heaven, Todd Haynes pays loving homage to sumptuous 1950's Douglas Sirk melodramas. This movie is actually more ambitious than anything Sirk ever did though. Haynes tackles multiple controversies in his "Issues Film", including closeted homosexuality and romance between a black man & a white woman. The actors---especially Julianne Moore---are excellent. Moore, Dennis Quaid and Dennis Haysbert play it very close to the chest and they make their director's deliberately phony-sounding dialogue come across as true and accurate. These characters have three-dimensions and many shades of grey and they all get hurt by the way society was back then...and in some ways still is. Incidentally, we neglected to mention that Haynes himself is gay. We also skated over the horrible act of conversion therapy, which no one should have ever had to go through. And we didn't make the connection that Moore played ANOTHER desperately suppressed '50s housewife in her other 2002 Oscar nomination (The Hours). So don't ask who on Earth is politely knocking at your door, by golly. Just download the 453rd Ellises' Analysis, Pop, but also buy a bunch of Sparkplug Coffee. You can nab a 20% discount by using our "top100project" promo code. Also, shoot us some tweets (@moviefiend51 and @bevellisellis) and perhaps try gazing at the offerings on Ryan's sports movie podcast ("Scoring At The Movies").

    • 48 min
    Fast Times At Ridgemont High

    Fast Times At Ridgemont High

    Unlike many of the immature '80s teen comedies that were obsessed with sex, the star-making Fast Times At Ridgemont High stands out for not treating it like a leering joke. Amy Heckerling's first film actually cares about the young women in the huge cast, especially Jennifer Jason Leigh. Sean Penn is uncharacteristically hilarious in one of his characteristically Method roles, but this movie belongs to JJL. She gets to be funny sometimes the way Penn and Judge Reinhold do, sure, but her story gets into dark territory like unwanted pregnancy and abortion. Heckerling and Cameron Crowe (this was his first screenplay) do a masterful job of balancing that kind of serious material with a steady string of laughs. Anyway, you don't have to scalp tickets to listen to the 452nd Ellises' Analysis, especially if you're a cool guy who's intimidated by the intense football player. Just be somebody's baaaay-by tonight. And if you want to sip some coffee while learning about Cuba and having some food, then you should become a Sparkplug Coffee customer. They'll give you a 20% discount if you use our promo code ("top100project"). Also, tweet us (@moviefiend51 and @bevellisellis) and gander at the selections on Ryan's sports movie podcast ("Scoring At The Movies").

    • 54 min
    What Ever Happened To Baby Jane

    What Ever Happened To Baby Jane

    Some movies stand out for being great, some stand out for being terrible and some stand out for how juicy the behind-the-scenes stories are. There's always been more gossip about the behaviour of What Ever Happened To Baby Jane co-stars Bette Davis and Joan Crawford than there's been talk about the movie itself. And art imitated life because the actresses playing the sisters in Robert Aldrich's thriller had a mutual hate affair. Crawford has the subdued role as the paraplegic former movie star while Davis gets to eat every little bit of that lovely scenery as the alcoholic former child star. They're tremendous. It's a long movie though, considering their conflict is pretty much the entire reason this film exists. We also didn't think the twist holds up. Still, you can't beat juicy and Baby Jane is that, as is the gossipy jabber in the 451st Ellises' Analysis. So guzzle down some Sparkplug Coffee while you hear us talk about Jane guzzling her booze. You'll get a 20% discount on your next order of Sparkplug (not the booze) if you use our promo code ("top100project"). Also, tweet us (@moviefiend51 and @bevellisellis) and kindly check out Ryan's sport movie podcast "Scoring At The Movies".

    • 41 min
    Silver Linings Playbook

    Silver Linings Playbook

    Bradley Cooper started his journey to become one of the most-versatile and most-respected actors of his generation when he starred in Silver Linings Playbook. In so many movies since then (and several films before then, really), he's been far better than a 5/10. Writer/director David O. Russell expertly mixes romance & comedy with serious issues like mental illness & irrational rage. Cooper, Jennifer Lawrence (who took home an Oscar), Robert De Niro and the rest of the eclectic cast are very up to the challenge. All of their reactions when they make the parlay after the goofy dance is reason enough to love this movie. So strap on your garbage bag and go for a little run with the kooky love of your life, then sit down with your extended family to enjoy some homemades as you all listen to the 450th Ellises' Analysis together. But, my cherie amour, if you dig on the java, you should also go to Sparkplug Coffee's website and apply our promo code ("top100project") at check-out. That will get you a one-time 20% discount. Plus, we'd love it if you would engage with us on Twitter (@moviefiend51 and @bevellisellis) and scoot over to "Scoring At The Movies" to hear Ryan's sports movie podcast.

    • 51 min
    Air Force One

    Air Force One

    There might not be a better accomplishment than to make a movie that has cynics like us want to stand up and chant "USA, USA!" Wolfgang Petersen's Air Force One does just that. Harrison Ford's dogged toughness and his humanity as perhaps the most-popular president in film history is the key here, but the rest of the large cast (especially Gary Oldman as a Russian terrorist) is pretty great too. There are also surprisingly timely echoes of many recent real-life events. In fact, here's a warning for those who don't want to hear us rip on a certain golf-obsessed Floridian: skip ahead a few minutes at the 13-minute mark. But this movie doesn't even need any of these shreds of verisimilitude. It's just a wonderfully entertaining thriller that makes you want to go back to the beginning and watch it again! We also opened up the comment bag at the end of this 449th Ellises' Analysis, which brought about a pretty big announcement. So while a dozen different terrible things are happening in the country that celebrates the 4th of July, enjoy our talk about Petersen & Ford's "smart dumb" movie. To do that even better, get yourself a plane-load of Sparkplug Coffee. They'll give you a 20% discount if you use our promo code ("top100project"). You can also tweet us (@moviefiend51 and @bevellisellis) and you should seek out Ryan's sports movie podcast ("Scoring At The Movies").

    • 52 min

Customer Reviews

4.3 out of 5
115 Ratings

115 Ratings

Christina1832 ,

Great podcast, please stop dropping spoilers

I love the podcast; it’s really helping me learn more about movies and improve my critical thinking about them. I always watch movies and then immediately download the podcast for your analysis. That said, the spoilers are so irritating given that I’ve not seen many of these movies and would like to enjoy them for the first time! It’s always “spoiler alert” immediately followed by the spoiler with no time to skip or pause to avoid it. I understand these are older films but I just feel that the spoilers are totally unnecessary to the podcast, so I wish you’d leave them out. I’ll still keep layering though as that’s my only critique!

Teachintony ,

My favorite movie podcast

Bev and Ryan are so smart and funny. I stumbled upon this years ago when the Heathers episode came out. Bev and I agree, that movie is amazing. I have been hooked ever since. I have even gone back and listened to some more than once. If I could wish one wish for a future review it would be for them to cover Say Anything.

natexure ,

sayless

great podcast. charismatic hosts, informed takes, relatable perspective 🤙🏾

please change the name though, like… we’re past the AFI list at this point, fortunately i must add.

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